Korekaki Shaved Ice Specialty Cafe

For the best snow cones in Kawagoe

By Lynda Hogan    - 2 min read

Korekaki Kore ga Kakigori, hereafter called Korekaki, is a shaved ice and snow cone specialty cafe in the tourist and historic town of Kawagoe. Shaved ice is very popular in Japan, commonly served from a food van between the months of April and September. You could also get it as a dessert in several restaurants. However, a few years ago, cafes dedicated to serving the frozen treat all year round opened up around Japan.

Korekaki is still relatively new at almost two years old. It wasn't the first shaved ice cafe to open in Kawagoe, but it soon became the most popular. During the summer months, it is not uncommon to see long lines form outside the cafe. The cafe isn't particularly large, but they have a selection of eleven flavors at any given time, with at least one "limited edition" flavor, too.

They are not cheap with prices starting from 900 yen. A snow cone in a family restaurant or food van will cost half that. But Korekaki's portions are very generous. I personally couldn't finish one myself and usually share with one of my children. Korekaki uses real fruit pieces for the toppings and natural ice that is especially prepared for the cafe. The most popular flavor is mango, though strawberry cream is my personal favorite.

The cafe is quite small, so the vast majority of people take out. There is a small seating area outside or you can walk and eat as many people do in the Kawagoe tourist area. If you are dining in, the tatami seating area is a good spot. It has a view of the small garden.The cafe is located on one route that links Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine to the main tourist district with the old storehouses. It is a great spot to stop for a rest and cool down while touring Kawagoe in the summer months.

Getting there

By car: There is no car park at Korekaki, but there are several coin parking lots nearby. The closest one is the large one you can see beside the cafe, but that is for city hall and is quite expensive. If you drive past that parking lot (the cafe on your right hand side), you will find even more coin parking lots that are more reasonably priced.

By bus: Several of the Kawagoe city and Kawagoe tour buses pass close to the cafe. Alight at the bus stop for the Kawagoe City Hall.

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Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan @lynda.hogan

Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog insaitama.com for 14 of them.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experience some off-the-international-tourist-trail locations and meet with locals and national tourists. I hope to introduce a taste of what there is to do and see in my articles on Japan Travel and help you with your Saitama travel planning.  Be sure to stop by my website where you will find 600 things to do in Saitama and 400 active events! 

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Elizabeth S a year ago
I love the tongue twister name of the shop. Did you all attempt to say it three times?

And wow, that's gourmet kakigori. I've had kakigori, but this is another level.
Lynda Hogan Author a year ago
:D It really is a tongue twister!! Its the best I've ever had, but in fairness I haven't had that many kakigori in my time. The kids have though and this is by far their favorite.
Perfect serving size for a hot day in Japan! :-)
Lynda Hogan Author a year ago
Hopefully we can indulge again this summer, fingers crossed :)
Elena Lisina a year ago
I remember I took the same portion in Sendai and it took me about 40 minutes to finish it, but I did! :D
Geraldine Buergel a year ago
I want to go to Kawagoe soon to check out some sake places and this cafe just joined my list of places to visit there :D
Geraldine Buergel a year ago
No, I haven't heard about that one. Thanks for the recommendation!
Kim a year ago
Yum! It's been a while since I visited Kawagoe, more than two years now - so I haven't ever seen this place! Looks delicious!
Lynda Hogan Author a year ago
Dreaming of it again today as the weather warms up again!